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Fund set up to support education and training activities in Dorset
4:54pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A NEW fund has been launched in Dorset which aims to support education, learning and training activities across the county.
Run by the Dorset Comm-unity Foundation, an area-specific charity supporting other local charities and community groups, the Dorset Education Fund is being delivered in conjunction with the Skills and Learning Agency.
The fund, through grants of up to £5,000, will support group-based community projects which en-courage people aged between 19 to 65 from diff-erent back-grounds to acquire new skills and re-connect with learning.
Ashley Rowlands, chair of trustees, said: “Grants are available for groups and individuals from funds depending on the age of the beneficiaries, from five to 65 plus, and the type of the applicant.”
He went on to say that these include eligible individuals, constituted community groups and charities within Dorset.
He added: “As part of the Education Fund, the Foundation is also looking to support individuals who live in shire Dorset, aged between 16 and 19, with grants.
“Applicants must be in education, apprentice-ships and/or training and will be required to evidence financial need.
“For that specific pot the foundation is accepting expressions of interest now, and will give out the first grants in spring 2014.”
Two of the pots of money for grants are coming from a legacy left to the foundation from Marjorie Gordon, a retired school teacher who wanted to create a legacy fund that would assist young people into further or higher education.
The fund is accepting donations, with some monies eligible to be match funded by 50 per cent from the Communities First Government Scheme.
To donate please send a cheque to The Dorset Community Foundation, 24 St Peter’s Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LN.
Applications are now open, as of October 1, and will close on December 6. For more details, see dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.
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